EMS Global Tracking, a division of EMS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELMG), announced that GeoEye, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEOY), a provider of satellite and aerialbased geospatial information and services, will add the EMS Osprey personal tracker solution as a custom two-way tracking and messaging solution to the suite of solutions under their Marine Services business. EMS will serve as GeoEye’s exclusive partner for its Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) solution to the commercial fishing fleet market. EMS will deliver 1,000 Osprey trackers over the next year, with initial units shipping immediately.
GeoEye will brand EMS’s Osprey tracker as part of the VMS and small vessel security solution within its Marine Services business. Each Osprey unit weighs approximately 12 ounces, including batteries, and can be carried or mounted inside a vessel. The Osprey personal tracker also has a dedicated alert button that can be forwarded to the Web-based application, an SMS or e-mail. EMS has optimized the Osprey tracker hardware and ViewPoint software to support key functions, including relaying ship position using high-resolution Web-based maps and catch reports via the IsatM2M satellite network to governments and fleet operators. The Osprey tracker can also support real-time distress alerts, with the added capability to send a message detailing the type of distress.